The President's Column
By Steve Weitekamp
The final months of the California Moving and Storage Association (CMSA) year, culminating with our annual convention, are always extremely busy. Fundraising events up and down the state, legislative and regulatory activity, and convention planning make for a full schedule. If you don't regularly participate in chapter events, we couldn't encourage you more to take advantage of the chance. That's right: Take advantage. Because there are few opportunities for hard-working movers and industry partners to gather with their peers to enjoy a few hours of fun while raising money for the terrific charity programs that benefit CMSA members and our community. You might even learn something new.
Members of the CMSA board and Government Affairs Committee recently gathered in Sacramento for our annual legislative day. The day began with a briefing in the office of Avocation Inc., where our legislative advocate Chuck Cole and several of his colleagues shared in some detail the current political climate in the California legislature as well as regulatory agencies with whom we engage. In the afternoon, we had meetings with legislators and legislative committee leaders, as well as a discussion with CPUC Director Nick Zanjani, in the historic state Capitol building. We had the special treat of being able to use the governor's conference room for our meetings.
I want to express my gratitude to 2016-2017 Chairman Robert Fraser for his dedication and leadership over the last year. His commitment and support on behalf of the Association and its membership have been of the highest level and he has earned the respect of all who have had the opportunity to serve with him. He now joins an exclusive group in the CMSA. Bob, all of those who have served before you welcome you to the Former Chairman's club. We know that you will continue to serve and be a valued resource for years to come.
If you haven't registered for the upcoming 99th Annual CMSA Convention, do so today. Come join your fellow members for a couple of great days of education and fun. While you're there, thank Bob for his service and join in the celebration as we welcome in our 2017-2018 Chairman John Lance. See you in Rancho Mirage!
- CMSA Communicator